Cloth wipes

Cloth Wipes, Don’t just sit there…Try them!

by shethinksmedia

Cloth wipes are today’s topic, which is great for those starting with a newborn, or at any age. We did address this topic briefly a few weeks ago, but we received several emails asking for more details.

If you have been using disposable wipes, consider some of the advantages to cloth ones! With my first daughter I used only disposable wipes with her. I hadn’t really considered cloth wipes, and was getting the “hang” of this diapering idea, I was overwhelmed with another change to my routine. However, having done both, I realize I was creating more work for myself with disposable wipes, in addition to the added expense.

When you use disposable wipes, you have two options:

1) throw the soiled wipes in with the cloth diapers to wash/dry
2) dispose of the wipes on the trash can

If you go with option 1, you run the risk of the wipes completely disintegrating. Brands will vary, and depending on the agitator in your washing machine they may not come out intact. If they don’t, you have a snarled mess of fabric intertwined with the diapers on your hands. Especially if you use aplix closure cloth diapers, if your wipes fall apart they can take a lot of time to unwind from the diapers. If they don’t fall apart, you then have to find them stuck to the diapers (which is hard to see if you have white inners on your diapers), and it becomes one extra step to do at laundry time.

If you dispose of them, you run into two problems. One, finding a bag to put them in, knot it up, put in the trash can, or, if you are just putting them straight in the trash, remembering to take the trash bag out before it starts to stink.

Some of the benefits to cloth wipes:

1) save $$
2) save time
3) less chemicals/irritants on your baby
4) less trash in the dump

The best cloth wipes for newborns are baby washcloths. They are cheap (many baby stores sell 4-6 for $1.00 or just over), and perfectly tiny for newborn’s little bottoms. You will usually get a few dozen at your shower, and since you only need 2-4 to bathe your baby, save the rest for cloth wipes. As babies get older, I love bigger wipes, they get the job done in one swoop as opposed to 2/3 baby washcloths or disposable wipes, and they protect your hand MUCH better than a disposable wipe.


Wipes only need water to clean your baby. While you can google the web for “wipe recipes” that involve essential oils and mild cleansers. While you can certainly experiment with them, we recommend plain water. If you store your wipes in a dry basket or container, just run them under the sink when you have a diaper that needs to be changed. Free, easy, nothing to mix or buy ingredients for. On the go, just store dry wipes in your diaper bag, as long as you have a water bottle handy (or you can swipe a sippy cup from your toddler), you can change diapers on the go. If you do use a wipe recipe, watch for any irritation on the skin. If you have a good wash routine the tiny amount of oils you use shouldn’t affect anything, we tend to see more irritation on babies than in the wash routine.

With regards to wipe warmers, our stance is they just aren’t needed. If you do use one, make sure those wipes stay always damp (fire warning), and you change out the old ones daily to prevent mildew.

Have a great weekend!
Stephanie
www.AbbysLane.com


Diaper Chatter: Getting Started with Cloth Diapers and a Newborn Baby.

by shethinksmedia

I know on our Facebook page, we have lots of pregnant families who are excited to start using cloth diapers with their little one. Many of them have older children, but this is their first baby in cloth. I am going to go over some tips that helped me through the years with my 5 littles, and hints we have found helpful to customers both online and in our store over the years.

The first thing I tell new parents is to not be overwhelmed by trying to start cloth diapers right away. Is it feasible? Sure, for many families it is, but for some it isn’t going to be, and you should not have a shred of guilt about spending a few days or even weeks in disposables. If the thought of bringing home a new baby and cloth diapering from day one is causing any anxiety or worry, put it on the back burner. I would much rather see a family take 2-3 weeks to get the hang of the “we have a new little person running our lives” system, and when they are ready, be energized to use cloth for the next two years.

Many relatives and friends will give you disposables at your shower. Hold onto them, if you need them they are there, if you don’t ever use them, you won’t have any trouble donating them to a local women’s shelter. That being said, the newborn phase is a great time to try a few fluffy cloth diapers. Because newborns don’t roll, twist or try to claw your eyes out during diaper changes (oh yes, that precious newborn will be a feisty toddler someday), they are a sitting duck for any attempts at prefold folding, fitted snapping, cover adjusting or pocket securing you want to do. Newborns also tend to sleep. A lot. If you have the luxury of a partner or family member keeping up the house when you are recovering, take advantage of sleep time to play with the diapers, you will gain confidence using them for longer periods, and learning your baby’s wetting habits and what fits best.

Newborns will poop at night for the first 4-8 weeks, whether using cloth or disposables you will be changing at nighttime, so you will need a little bedside station to do these nighttime changes. We have found some of our customers will get up or ask their partner to use the changing table with the full setup, and I did this with my first as well. Baby number 2 and on did not have that royal treatment, mama was too tired to lug out of bed, and daddy was too busy getting a glass of water and taking the older toddler potty all night.

What I found to work best, on my nightstand I hang a wetbag (I hung mine on the edge of a small drawer that pulled out, the Rumparooz wet bags are great for this with their loop that snaps, as are the large planet wise or Wahmies wet bags). I also kept a small basket of dry wipes, and a small bowl of water. Add some hand sanitizer and 4-6 clean diapers, and you are set. I changed my babies in the bed, I did like having a little changing pad to lay under them (the Planet Wise ones are perfect, thin and don’t take up much space), little boys especially love to tinkle on you, and sometimes sleepy mom didn’t catch it before I felt a warm dribble running down my hand. Change baby, wipe off hands with fresh wipe and water, then use hand sanitizer to cleanse any germs. Baby goes back to bed, dirties go in wetbag, everyone can stay put.

My last little tip this week is in regards to wipe warmers. I tend to advise against them, many are not designed for cloth wipes they are just too small for the quantity you need for the day. If you decide to use one, make sure you clean it out every day. If you leave cloth wipes in, they will mildew, and a warm,wet environment is perfect for breeding any bacteria that may be present. Also, make sure they stay wet, as you could also have a potential fire hazard with the fabric being stored inside. With newborn cloth wipes, if you have room temperature water, and squish it in your hand a few times, it warms up just fine to use on baby.

Next week we will chat about some more tips, as always if you have questions email me at AbbysLane(at)aol.com!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Stephanie
www.AbbysLane.com


even more nighttime solutions

by abbyslanehype

I wanted to address the pocket-mamas this week. We have a lot of moms who email us with disappointment that their pocket diapers aren’t cutting it for nighttime, even with their young babies. We love pockets in this house, and use them for day and nighttime, but we have two very different systems for each timeframe.

Our daytime diapers are usually Bumgenius, some one size Fuzzi Bunz, and also a few trim AIOs. Nighttime is a different story! The pockets we use at night would fall off my girls during the day, they are cut bigger, fit bigger, and are stuffed to the max with cotton, hemp and the kitchen sink. Around 2 months is when my little dainty flowers turn into super soaking pit bulls who do not appreciate being changed at night. They won’t sleep through the night for another two years (sigh…) but if I try and change them, teeth start gnashing and the claws come out.

I love the bumgenius line, but it is a tricky diaper to use for nighttime. They are contoured, trim, and can be tricky with leg gaps with their slim fit. We love the Happy Heiny one size (and it comes in snaps for you snap loving mamas and daddys!), and have a nice, generous pocket, legs and waist to accomodate all the stuffing you need. If you are waking up with puddles around your child, and your roof isn’t leaking, check the inserts.

Saturated?
You need to upgrade absorbency, and if your present diaper can’t stand the bulk, time to change brands or upsize.

Not saturated?
Most likely a sizing issue, or overstuffed. I like to start with stuffing an overnight pocket with a trifolded prefold. Cheap, easy to wash, and absorbent. Next, if that doesn’t cut it, toss in a joey bunz, happy heiny stuffin, or another trim hemp insert behind the prefold (meaning the urine hits it after the prefold).

Shoot me an email with any questions on this, it doesn’t take an older baby to be a heavy wetter, especially the all-night nurslings, they can really be a fire hydrant at a y ung age.


Cloth wipes

by abbyslanehype

I personally used disposable wipes with my first daughter, almost 7 years ago, when we started using cloth diapers. I was just getting the hang of the diapers (ancient gerber prefolds from my brother, proraps and pins), and the idea of wipes was just overwhelming. I shot myself in the foot though, because disposable wipes were really more work for me to use than cloth wipes. When they were dirty, I either had to wash them with the diapers (meaning I had an extra 20 minutes after the dry cycle of picking them out of the diapers and aplix tabs), or throw them in the trash and then remember to take stinky/poopy trash bags out quickly. We discovered cloth wipes within a few months of this, and I am going to go over my system, and what we see working with our customers.

For the first several months, when you are using a few wipes with every diaper change, there are two ways you can work the wipe system. One is to prewet them at the beginning of each day, and store them in a plastic or metal container. I used to use an empty Huggies wipes container for this, but you can use anything that won’t leak. Use them throughout the day, and whatever was unused at wash time got thrown in to wash anyway, so they didn’t get mildewy.
When the babies are older (and now with number four baby), the system I used was to keep them dry in a little wicker basket in the bathroom, and run a few under the sink when I knew I had a poopy diaper.

On the go, you can either store them damp in a wet bag, or ziplock bag if you don’t have a wet bag, and use them damp. This never worked for me personally, but it does for many of our customers. I would always forget I had damp ones in there, or forget to wet them and put them in, so I was either caught without wipes or had really stinky, mildewy ones in the wet bag. What I did, is kept the wipes dry, and always had a bunch in my diaper bag. Since I always had a water bottle with me, or my older kids did, when I needed to change a diaper, I would just dribble a little water on the wipes as I needed to use them. Then, toss them in with the diaper, wash, dry and pick them out.

We sell a fantastic selection of wipes, but truly to save money or in a pinch, baby washcloths are perfect for newborns. Cheap and plentiful in any baby aisle, you can usually find 4 or 5 for a buck, and they will work fine. As your baby gets older/toddler, you will probably find you want a bigger/sturdier fabric, but the washcloths will work if they have to. We were very penny-strapped for my first daughter’s diapers (really, we used gerber prefolds that were over 20 years old by the time I started using them), and those baby washcloths worked until she potty trained. Pregnant moms. don’t buy any wipes until after your shower, people love to throw in a pack or two with their gifts do you may have several dozen without even asking for them :)
Now, the controversy comes in with what to put on the wipes 😉

I am a fan of water, plain and simple. If you have a wipe recipe you like, that is fine too, some moms like essential oils, baby bath solutions or other ingredients. My personal take is, the more ingredients, the more potential you have to throw off a wash routine, or irritate baby’s skin. Also, I am very lazy with my wash and prep routines, any extra steps are taken out. But, I know many of you love your wipes to smell as fresh as your baby’s bum, so I will tread lightly here and say keep doing it if it is your preference :)


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